Frequently asked Questions
How can I build a house with blocks?
Firstly you will decide on which kind of house you want to build. If you cannot find a suitable version from our sortiment, you can design you own house. After this you will need to build a foundation using concrete etc. After the foundation is finished, you are going to install certain blocks U-profiles to the foundation. The next step is to divide the blocks next to the building and start erecting the house starting from the corners. (see the assembly video). After you have finished the first layer according to the layout-scheme, please verify the dimensions. Then you should start doing the really fun part, which is really fast, stacking the blocks on top of each other. When you reach the last layer, you will tighten the blocks U-profiles with the delivered threaded rods and the superstructure is ready for the next phase. This means you can finish the frame of you house in one long day.
What tools are needed for set up a house and on what level it is then with those tools?
With blocks you can build the walls of the building. The needed tools are rubber hammer, water level and ring wrench. Electric is not needed when using these construction tools so the building can be build to a place where electricity is not available. The block can be modified with normal woodworking machines eg. when making a hole for an electrical socket.With blocks your will have the frame of the house ready fast and easily. The 30 m2 building can be built in 2,5 hours by two persons without any professional experience within construction.
Why Block Solutions is a game changer in the construction field?
Block solutions is something totally different when comparing it to brick and mortar construction. It’s a new clever way of building smart, sustainable and environmentally friendly houses in a fraction of the time compared to conventional building. Also the scalability is something extraordinary: one Block solutions factory can produce on local level blocks for building up to 8000 homes annually.
Is it safe to build with Block solutions?
Because the blocks are so lightweight, it really is safe to build with the blocks, and it is fun too!
Are blocks environmentally friendly?
Our innovative blocks are produced from biocomposite or recycled plastics, supporting sustainability in the most environmentally friendly way. The carbon footprint of our product is close to zero. In Finland the woodfibre for our product originates from a by-product of the forest industry. Globally we are most likely able to us excess fibers eg. bamboo, sugarcane, acacia and rice husk.The recycled plastics are locally sourced which means that we will also clean up the environment. According to IEA global status report for buildings and construction 2019 the building sector contributed to 39% of the carbon dioxide emissions in 2018. Our blocks are close to carbon neutral as stated earlier.
What are the blocks for?
Almost anything you can think of building for yourselves.
What are the applications where Block solutions can be used?
With blocks you can build your own house with 1,2, 3 or more storeys, summer cottage, stock, garage, sanitary facilities, fences, temporary stages eg. for wedding or for other parties and different structures for gardens etc. The blocks can also be used as partitioning walls in exhibition centres, hospitals, schools or temporary mortuaries. If you are renovating you can build fast and easily new partition walls. With blocks you can build almost anything but not a round room. Your own imagination is the only limit
What is the difference in using the different raw materials?
Fiber reinforced blocks have a higher load bearing capacity and relatively higher lifespan. Also the carbon footprint is lower for the biocomposite blocks. The less expensive recycled blocks are cost efficient and do possess a slightly higher carbon footprint.
What are the other added values of blocks solution’s light weight for construction companies and developers?
Due to the light weight on some occasions, the weight has a huge impact on foundation. For example: a brick and mortar partitioning wall weighs about 200 kg per sqm. The same sqm of blocks weighs only 20 kg. If one floor has 100 m2 of partitioning walls, the weight difference is 18 000 kg. If you build 10 floors, the weight savings is 180 000 kg. This has a huge impact on foundations. Due to the light weight, the blocks can be easily carried to upper floors which will have an dramatic impact on labour costs and time.
What are the alternatives of foundation?
The foundation can be made of concrete, stilts or almost any normal foundation you can think of.
How strong is the block solutions block, in comparison to 5inch cement blocks?
A similar sized block is about 2 times higher in loading capacity compared to Cinder blocks.
Is the plastic used for the blocks degradable long term?
As we are not using single-use recycled plastics, the blocks in this perspective are not degradable per say, any we are very happy of that. It is very important that we recycle the blocks after the really long lifetime and reuse them for future purposes.
What kind of tests have been done for Block solutions?
An extensive set of tests have been performed by an external accredited institute to verify the characteristics of the products. This includes thermal conductivity (U-value determination), fire testing, load bearing testing and tensile strength testing. These in return will then be a basis for future ETA-approval in the EU. Additional verification tests are being performed in at HBRC, Cairo, Egypt and Agrement ZA, South Africa.
Are blocks fire resistant?
The blocks have to be covered with gypsum board or concrete so that it will reach the needed standard according the fire resistance requirement.
Is the light weight of blocks solutions affecting the total price of the building?
Even though the blocks are lightweight, the strength is enormous. This means that the blocks do not add the costs compared to a normal brick and mortar house.
How many floors can be built by Block solutions?
One storey houses are the best option when building with blocks. But you can also build two and three or even more storey houses with the blocks. You just build the house with the steel or concrete skeleton and do the normal walls with the blocks. The blocks have been tested by Eurofins and we have received all the official tests including loadbearing capacity of the blocks and determination of bending tensile strength of block-modules.
Where can I get blocks?
If you are interested to buy blocks you can contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
During the year 2021 the blocks can be found from a hardware store shelf. We will inform later more specific.
How can I become a local licensee manufacturing partner?
We are looking for licensee partners with good reputation and financial background, having entrepreneurial mindset and ability to work hard. The values of United Nations SDG´s are important to us in our everyday work. In case you think you fulfill these requirements, please contact us.